June 06, 2014
There is a colourway that I dye which has been really successful for my little shop, it's called Geeks Like Rainbows Too. I loved to dye this yarn, I mean really loved it and was thrilled that people loved it enough to buy it. Then somebody made an off-the-cuff comment that they didn't like it because it "Looks too much like a rainbow".You'd think that the clue was in the name, right?
Well it was like a curse. Seriously. I had dyed and sold hundred of skeins of this colourway and suddenly, I couldn't dye it anymore. The dye mixture came out wrong, the colours didn't mix properly and turned to mud - I had grown to really dislike dyeing this colourway. Then like all dyers who don't want to throw away perfectly good yarn, I chucked these sorry states of rainbows into a massive pot of black dye and lo and behold, out came this colourway of beauty, a new colourway so full of promise that I had to name it cheekily in reference to its origins, Nerds Prefer Their Rainbows Darker. And to my surprise, this colourway has been a hit too.
Today I resigned myself to dyeing a batch of Nerds Prefer Their Rainbows Darker. Perhaps resigned is the wrong word, because I actually really enjoy dyeing Nerds. In fact any colourway that involves a good dunking of black dye at the end is fabulous. So I mixed my dyes, prepared my equipment and got my pre-soaked naked yarn and went to work. Guess what happened?
At last, victory was mine.